Radnor, William (1847-1910)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Early years

William was born in 1847 at Orleton, Herefordshire to parents John and Mary. His parents were Wesleyan Methodists.

William was converted through a service led by Rev John Shepherd. He joined the Primitive Methodist Society and shortly afterward became a local preacher.


William served in mainly rural circuits and was therefore no stranger to long journeys and the difficulties associated with country circuits.

His obituary records that he was a good man, of genial disposition, and spiritually minded. He had the great joy of witnessing some gracious revivals of religion when at St Day, Cornwall.

His sermons gave evidence of extensive reading and were full of instruction to those who had the aptitude to learn. As a pastor he was indeed diligent, and prepared to make any sacrifice for those in sickness and trial.

William wrote a number of hymns, which were published in the PM Magazine.


William married Bessie Gregory (b abt1859) in the summer of 1877 at Leominster, Herefordshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • Reginald Charles R (1878-1973) – a draper and local preacher
  • William Thomas Gregory (1880-1967) – an outfitters assistant (1901); piano tuner and repairer (1911); known as Gregory
  • Osmond Edward J (1886-1977) – chemist’s assistant (1911)
  • Gladys Mignionette M (b1889) – a teacher (1911)

William died on 17 September 1910 at Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire. He died suddenly at the close of a circuit committee meeting.


  • Sunderland
  • 1873 Swansea
  • 1874 Monmouth
  • 1875 Pontypridd
  • 1877 Radstock
  • 1880 St Day
  • 1882 Cwm
  • 1885 Knighton
  • 1888 Marlborough
  • 1890 Yeovil
  • 1893 Motcombe
  • 1894 Buckingham
  • 1896 Spalding & Holbeach
  • 1899 Tarporley
  • 1901 Ashbourne
  • 1904 Bottesford
  • 1907 Witney
  • 1909 Bristol V


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/171; 1910/984

PM Minutes 1911/31

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers




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